What it is
Thank goodness they aren’t going to build it.
Then again, if they did, Dodge would offer the most versatile truck on the market, one that would make that Honda look like a midget. Initially posed as an example of what they could do, it may be that the Rampage is a design exercise showing some of the innovations coming soon to a Ram truck. Or it could be a concept headed to production, a Honda/Avalanche fighter. Take a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, put it in a truck shell that’s built on a minivan platform, add front-wheel drive and an independent suspension, and there you go – the most versatile car, er, truck, er, SUV, er, minivan, on the planet
Thank goodness they’re going to build it.
See, we’re already confused. All we know for sure is that we love the Rampage’s innovation: First, there’s those hiding seats, which is really just DaimlerChrysler’s minivan Stow ‘N Go system built into a truck. Those sliding rear doors? Ditto. Combine the width of a Dodge Ram with the overall length of a Dodge Dakota, install seating for five and a five-foot cargo box, add a power midgate and an enclosed area under the bed and there you go – ready for business, in 2010 or beyond. The look is also innovative, and may signal some design elements for future Rams.
Why it matters
What’s under the hood
As with all good things Dodge, the Rampage Concept has the 5.7-liter Hemi in it, and you already know what that means – it flat out hauls, to the tune of 345 horsepower at 5,400 rpm, and 375 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine is connected to a five-speed automatic transmission. Big, oversized 22-inch wheels and an independent front and rear suspension flatten out the road, as does the estimated 5,000 lb. curb weight.
What it looks like
Think snub-nosed bullet. Or short missile. Smooth, aluminum and with a shortened hood that maximizes passenger space, the Rampage has extreme dimensions not usually seen on a truck. The nose and the bed are abbreviated in order to expand passenger space and interior cargo room; this is possible due to the versatility of the cabin, with its fold-away seating, rubber surfaces and power midgate. Altogether, it’s a smooth yet aggressive style, thanks to traditional Dodge styling cues such as that in-your-face grille.
What we think
Engine Horsepower: 345 at 5,400 rpm
Engine Torque: 375 lb.-lb. at 4,200 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed automatic
Curb Weight: 5,000 lbs. (est.)
Length: 215.1 inches
Width: 80.0 inches
Wheelbase: 142.2 inches
Height: 74.3 inches
Photos courtesy of DaimlerChrysler